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Hi, I'm Breauna! I'm the humble soul behind Connecting the Cause. Here's a little about me and my path...

I’ve seen volunteerism done good, and I’ve seen it done not so good.

 There are millions of people around the world who are dedicated to serving, giving back, and connecting to social issues that matter to them. There are also millions of people around the world, that although well intentioned, their impact is causing a larger rift between the “haves and have nots.” I am convinced that in order to produce real transformational change, we must be willing to check our mindsets, intentions, language, attitudes, and perceptions of service. We must look at those we partner with as humans first, with assets, a favorite color, and something to contribute to this world. Connecting the Cause was created and designed to tackle and dismantle our current narrative around service. Here is what CTC does:

  • We are dedicated to teaching nonprofits, organizations, and civic groups how to ensure the community is at the center of service.

  • We are passionate about women changemakers and their constant pursuit of deepening their servant centered selves.

  • We serve as advocates for voices of color to be heard, recognized, and valued in the service and volunteerism sector.

I continue to be transformed. See, in this picture, I had the heart to serve, but I went about it all wrong. I wanted to memorialize this moment, so I took a picture. I took the picture, but I don’t remember their names. I don’t know their history, their background, or had an actual conversation with them. I was there to help build onto their school. Were they happy about it, of course, hence some of the smiles in the picture, but as I look back on this, I see countless ways that I could have partnered in dignity and respect. I found this out years later. I now understand that devoting myself to internal change and challenging my biases and character in the moments of servitude heightens my knowledge for the cause, develops my personal empathy, and increases my creativity to solve overarching societal problems.  This was a moment that sparked my journey, but it also is a testament to my own transformation as a servant. I have now dedicated my career to igniting others to serve effectively, with both justice and love, ever since.Through Connecting the Cause, I now have the honor of teaching other individuals how to volunteer responsibly, change their lives through service, and how to become real partners in change by directing their energy in towards transformative interactions.

OK so, here's the professional deets(for those who are interested)...

I received my Bachelor's degree in International Studies from Georgia Southern University, and my Masters in Public Administration, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, from Georgia State University (Summa Cum Laude). I am an alumni of national service (AmeriCorps), I have volunteered with tons of nonprofits, and currently sit on the advisory board of ChopArt, an organization dedicated to empowering youth experiencing homelessness in art exploration.

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My almost decade of experiences in engaging with volunteer programs and volunteers encompasses areas including:

  • AmeriCorps State and VISTA programs

  • Developing volunteer opportunities while engaging vulnerable client bases

  • Volunteer on-boarding and training

  • Volunteer program assessments

  • Volunteer coaching

  • Individual professional development training

  • Recruitment plans and strategies

  • Recognition and engagement

It's a true honor when you've found your niche. I care about the products created, and the impact it has on clients. If you succeed, we all succeed, and that's what matters, and that's what I enjoy.

In my free time you can find me writing to-do lists on how to take over the world through service, reading articles on social neuroscience, taking mini adventures with my hubby, and going to thrift stores trying to find the latest deals.

Anything else you want to know about me? Just ask.

 

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Breauna Arteese Dorelus, MPA

Chief Cause Consultant